Advice for Your First Year on the Tenure Track

This is a repost. Update 8/22/15:  Dialogue on my FB page made me realize that I need to provide fuller context for this post.  This dates from early years on the blog when I used to do special request posts … Continue reading

A Big Week at The Professor Is In: My Book Comes Out!

The day finally arrived!   On Tuesday the book came out and The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job was officially launched onto the world. 480 pages, half of it newly updated and … Continue reading

How To Write A Book Proposal

I am on summer vacation through August 3, 2015.  I am re-posting previous posts on perennial topics.  Today, the book proposal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You all know that the book proposal is the cornerstone to a successful tenure track career in most … Continue reading

Data Point, Data Point, Data Point…

Sometimes I hear reactions to The Professor Is In, that my level of attention to details and minutiae (everything from what kind of bag you carry to where your voice rises in your delivery of a sentence) is excessive–even anal … Continue reading

How To Pitch Your Book to an Editor at a Conference

This week the Daily Nous website has a marvelous post, Answers From Academic Publishers, devoted to advice on publishing an academic monograph solicited from actual editors from Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Routledge, and other major presses.  It has an eye to … Continue reading

Update on My Book: Blurbs, Reviews, and a Promotion

The book inches closer to actually existing in the material world (August 4)!  It has gotten some lovely blurbs by amazing people, like this one by the inimitable Rebecca Schuman: “If you would like your academic career to begin in … Continue reading

Teaching In The Non-Believer’s Closet (A Guest Post on Christian Colleges)

The writer is an Instructor at a small Christian college. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “God bless you!” I hadn’t just sneezed. I was holding open the door for a colleague struggling under the weight of a file box. “That looks heavy,” I replied, … Continue reading

“I’m Sorry I Wasn’t More Clear”: Gendered Pitfalls in Presentations–A Guest Post

The writer is a regular reader of TPII. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m a young, female, non-tenure-track faculty member and longtime reader of this blog. A few of its posts, specifically “The Top 5 Mistakes Women Make in Academic Settings,” “Stop Negotiating Like … Continue reading

VAPS and Why They Suck – A Guest Post

This guest post is co-written by two veterans of the VAP-front who know whereof they speak.  All too painfully. A followup from one of them:  “One of these co-authors is taking another VAP because she hates herself.” This piece was … Continue reading